IRES News: December 6th, 2021

IRES News & Events

Congratulations to our graduates Evan Bowness, Meggie Callahan, Claire Ewing, Harold Eyster, Isaac Jonas, Eun Hye Lee, Sophia Murphy, Sara Nawaz, Sandeep Pai, & Jonathan Taggart (pictured above) and Nima Jamshidi, Annie Mejaes & Johnnie Manson (not pictured)!

Keep your eye on these scholars—they're ones to watch.


"I knew studying abroad would be key for my success, so I was thrilled when I won a scholarship to attend a U.K. university for graduate school. But there was a catch: I needed to take an English test. I was fluent in Arabic and French, the languages spoken in Algeria, but I didn’t have a solid grasp of English. I studied hard but didn’t score high enough to secure entrance. The university asked me to retake it, but I couldn’t afford the cost of another test."

"I’ve started discussions with a preprint server about integrating an English language peer proofing system into its platform, which would connect authors who need language help with scientists who are in a position to provide it."

- Dr. Rassim Khelifa, IRES postdoc, describes his journey in academia as a first-gen North African researcher.

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Call for presenters for the Pan-Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network 2022 eSummit (Feb 22-25, 2022)!


December 9, 2021:Social Aspects of Plastic Pollution  

This week, Dr. Jiaying Zhao will be discussing behavioral barriers and solutions to plastic pollution.


December 9, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with John Reganold (Last Seminar for Term 1)

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Related to our seminar last week with Mr. Leroy Little Bear and community based research in our department, please read through what professor Jesse Popp, an Indigenous scholar who is regularly inundated with requests for input and assistance, recommends you do BEFORE reaching out to an Indigenous scholar.

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UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, & more! 

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UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Update newsletter

Check out the latest "GradUpdate" - a weekly snapshot of workshops and opportunities available to UBC graduate students.

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PLAN 351: Green Cities by UBC SCARP

Green cities are essential for managing global environmental change. For many cities, the path toward greening is one of lower greenhouse gases; protection from ecological hazards; higher quality of life; and economic growth. Green cities value ecosystem functions and seek to harmonize development with nature. 

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PAN 548M: Urban Planning & Policy in the Global South by UBC SCARP

This graduate seminar course undertakes a detailed examination of urban planning and policy in the Global South.  The course’s goal is to engage in a thoughtful analysis of the place of urbanization, and urban settlements more broadly, in the diverse and rapidly changing countries of the Global South.

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Call for Applications: Transdisciplinary Climate Action Co-Design Research Assistant

We are looking for students from diverse educational backgrounds to work as part-time research assistants (RAs) together in a collaborative learning project centred around climate action.


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December 6 & 10, 2021 | SciCats Workshop Series Part 1: Telling your science as a story

Part 1 of the SciCats workshop series is designed to train graduate students and postdocs to speak about their research to non-scientific audiences (aka the people who vote and fund your research). The workshop will cover three themes: science storytelling, understanding your audience, and public speaking basics.



December 8, 2021 | BioTAP’s Challenges in Teaching: Sharing Coping Strategies

With the term coming to an end, it’s the perfect time to gather with your fellow TAs to reflect on what went well and come up with solutions for what didn’t. Attend the next BioTAP workshop, Challenges in Teaching: Sharing Coping Strategies, to do just that.


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Indigenous Community Planning: A Master’s Concentration at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning

The School of Community and Regional Planning is excited to get the word out about its Master Program’s Indigenous Community Planning concentration. 

Applications are open until January 15


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For US Citizens: Tamamta Graduate Fellowship at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tamamta is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program that provides a comprehensive and culturally appropriate mentoring approach for fisheries and marine sciences M.S. and Ph.D. fellows at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022, 11:59pm Alaska time


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